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Punitive Damages

Top 10 Highlights of Canadian IP Law and Practice in 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

2017 was a year of significant developments to Canadian IP law and practice, with important court decisions and numerous legislative amendments. We have taken the opportunity to review the top 10 highlights from the past...more

Defamation Claims Against Gemological Institute Doomed: Qualified Privilege Shield Is Stronger Than A Diamond

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs,” said Malcom Forbes. An industry that generates over $13 billion annually, diamonds are considered one of the world’s major natural resources. ...more

New Trial Ordered Where Jury’s Verdict Didn’t “Gel”

Last summer, we reported on a bizarre verdict in which an Illinois jury levied a $150 million punitive damages award against AbbVie, Inc., the drug company behind AndroGel, without awarding any compensatory damages. As...more

Punitive Damages – Always Require Culpability

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I previously blogged on the standard for punitive damages in Florida. To be entitled to an award of punitive damages, a plaintiff must show that the defendant’s conduct rises to a high level of culpability. But what if a...more

Court Lowers Punitive Damages Bar In Claims Against NYC Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The state’s highest court might have just made life more difficult for employers facing liability under New York City’s anti-bias law. Clarifying a question left open by New York City’s Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), the New York...more

CT Supreme Court Issues Punitive Damages Ruling Favorable to Policyholders

by Murtha Cullina on

In a decision to be officially released on December 19, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court broadened the circumstances in which policyholders may receive insurance coverage for punitive damage awards. The decision in...more

Employment Law - December 2017

EEOC Touts ‘Significant Progress’ in FY 2017 Report - Why it matters - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission commended itself in the agency’s annual Performance and Accountability Report, highlighting “significant...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Mixed-Bag Decision On Punitive Damages In Insurance Bad-Faith Case

The Ninth Circuit recently issued an unpublished memorandum opinion reducing a $2.5 million punitive award against GEICO to $1,064,282.44—four times the compensatory damages—in a Montana insurance bad-faith case. When it...more

The More You Know... Or Others Think You Know: Fifth Circuit Finds Decision-maker Had Knowledge to Constitute Retaliation

The Fifth Circuit has issued another opinion in the continuing saga of Jackson State University and its past athletic director, Dr. Vivian Fuller—this one about retaliation against a witness. To refresh everyone’s memory: A...more

Plaintiff Awarded $27.8 Million in First Xarelto Pennsylvania State Trial

On Tuesday, a jury entered a verdict of $27.8 million against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bayer AG’s Bayer Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the first state court trial out of the Philadelphia County Court of...more

New York Court Of Appeals Establishes Standard For Punitive Damages Under NYCHRL

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals, on a question certified by the Second Circuit, announced the standard for punitive damages in claims under the New York City Human Rights Law. ...more

New York’s Highest Court Establishes Lowered Threshold for Punitive Damages Under New York City Law

In Chauca v. Abraham, No. 113 (November 20, 2017), the New York State Court of Appeals clarified the standard for awarding punitive damages under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Unlike Title VII of the Civil...more

EEOC Earns First-Ever Title VII Court Win In LGBT Discrimination Case - 3 Things Employers Need To Know About Landmark LGBT Ruling

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal watchdog agency that oversees federal antidiscrimination law just scored a milestone victory when a judge awarded $55,500 to a telemarketer who alleged to have been forced off the job because of sexual orientation...more

Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory...more

District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...more

Tax Reform/Tax Cuts, Who Cares? Tax Gross Up Damages Are Available Under Title VII

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Tax reform legislation is certainly one of the hottest topics in the media. Among others, several of the pressing questions regarding the proposed legislation are: Will it pass? If so, who will receive tax relief (and who...more

Three Stripes and You're Out: Coach Pitino's Outrage Against Adidas

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The FBI recently charged 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches at prominent Division I universities and a head executive at Adidas inter alios, with corruption and bribery crimes for...more

Amending Complaints 101 By Judge Gross – Physiotherapy Holdings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a 10-page decision signed November 6, 2017 in an adversary proceeding arising within the Physiotherapy Holdings bankruptcy (PAH Litigation Trust, case 15-51238), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied a motion...more

Former Dealership Employee Nabs $1.3 Million Verdict In Disability Discrimination Suit

by Fisher Phillips on

Why should your dealership conduct thorough investigations into possible employee misconduct and document poor performance before termination? A Florida court just gave 1.3 million reasons....more

EEOC Sues Anchor Staffing For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

After Employee Complained About Sex Harassment, Staffing Company Ended Her Assignment and Denied Her Future Assignments, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - Anchor Staffing, a Chicago-based staffing agency, violated an...more

Arizona Reverses Award of Punitive Damages in Bad Faith Case Again

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Preciado v.Young American Insurnace Company, 2017 WL 2805631 ( Ariz.App . June 29, 2017) (unpublished), the Arizona Court of Appeals held the trial court erroneously failed to grant an Insurer’s motion for...more

Halloween Flashback: Our Scariest Stories for Employers

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Ghosts, ghouls, and ghastly liability; the last is certainly enough to spook any employer. For this Halloween, we take a trip down Elm Street to revisit the most startling nightmares we’ve ever covered....more

Louisiana Supreme Court Holds Punitive Damages Are Available Under General Maritime Law Against Products Liability Defendant

by Liskow & Lewis on

A recreational boating accident occurred on navigable inland waters of Louisiana in May of 2005 resulting in the death of a 22-year old passenger. While the boat was on plane, the hydraulic steering system manufactured by...more

Tax Credits/Solar Energy: Arizona Appellate Decision Describing Purchasers' Breach of Contract Action

An October 16th Arizona Court of Appeals decision describes a breach of contract action in a lower court involving the purchase of a residential solar energy system. See Lakosky v. The Solar Store, LLC, 2017 WL 4614724....more

Liability, Damages, and Negligence: What Victims Need to Know About North Carolina Trucking Accidents

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Commercial trucking is essential to the North Carolina economy. According to one source, over 70% of all freight tonnage in the United States is moved on trucks, and there are 3.6 million heavy-duty commercial trucks on the...more

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